Dacorum Sub Aqua Club
Statement of Alternative Training - SALT
This page explains how divers who were trained outside BSAC can join our system of training.
What is SALT?
SALT is the BSAC joining procedure that allows divers who have trained with other training organisations to:
All trained new members are given a check-out dive by the Diving Officer, Training Officer or a delegate of one of those two. We check out new members no matter how highly qualified or experienced they are.
Divers with entry level qualifications are checked out in the pool. More experienced divers are checked out in open water.
The aim is to find out the level of the new member's skills so that further training or experience can be provided if needed before his or her BSAC qualification is confirmed.
We do the check out dive because, right from the start, the new diver will be expected to dive as one of a buddy pair. In our diving conditions, the buddy system is our main defence against problems underwater. An important safety measure is the pairing of buddies of the right skills and experience. We don't know your skill or experience level until we've dived with you.
We generally find that divers who train and dive in cold water regularly, have the same level of skills as us.
Why would you want to continue your training with BSAC?
Let's look at some scenarios:
1. You're a highly trained and experienced diver, say, a PADI Dive Master with a fifty or more dives in the sea around Britain:
2. You're a well trained and fairly experienced diver, say, a PADI Rescue Diver with more than thirty dives in the sea around Britain:
3. You're a trained but inexperienced diver, say, a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. You may not have dived in the sea around Britain:
See our page on BSAC Diving Qualifications.
Getting further training and experience
You may be asked to learn skills and become experienced in dive conditions that you have not encountered in your previous training. Examples are:
The format and level of additional training and experience will vary according to the initial training organisation, the new member's level of experience and qualification.
You'll find that BSAC is not terribly quick to adopt new styles and techniques, such as nitrox, technical diving and rebreathers.
Many people are happy that BSAC, as an amateur organisation, should not be leading edge, believing our members need solid and reliable advice and training on mature techniques and equipment.
BSAC does, however, recognise the training and qualifications carried out by certain Nitrox, Technical and Rebreather agencies.
Select this link for a conversion table of nitrox qualifications.
BSAC now offers several technical qualifications: Basic Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox, Extended Range and Initial Rebreather.
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